Don’t let stigma prevent you from getting tested for HIV
Sep12

Don’t let stigma prevent you from getting tested for HIV

 This post is made possible by support from the Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign. All opinions are my own. One of my favorite things about working in social media is that I get to inform others about valuable campaigns that are taking place in their community, so they can benefit from them. A perfect example of this is from the Center for Disease Control, Stop HIV Together community outreach event, which took place in Miami. Everyone was invited to get tested for HIV no questions asked and results where given to them on the spot. I really liked the impact this initiative had, as in just a few hours about one hundred people knew their health status. Testing is the only way to know if you are HIV positive but many people avoid testing because of stigma. Knowing your status may empower you to talk openly about what it’s like to get tested and encourage others to do the same. For more information about testing and to find a testing site near you, visit www.CDC.gov/DoingIt The main focus for CDC is to help decrease the stigma associated with HIV. Because stigma leads to marginalization of those that are positive, decreased testing due to the fear of a positive diagnosis, fear of disclosing status and getting treatment, and fewer conversations about safe sex. Ongoing stigma in our communities leads to perceived discrimination, fear and anxiety. It affects the emotional well-being and mental health of people living with HIV and prevents some from getting testes and treated for HIV. Conversations don’t have to be face to face. You can have a big impact by talking about HIV virtually through social media. Whether you blog, tweet, or snap please make sure that your message is speaking out against stigma for example: Don’t use exclamation marks in some context for it may fuel stigma, discrimination, fear and anxiety. Tune in and listen to what others are saying so you may correct myths about HIV by sharing the facts. Avoid words or phrases that promote stigma and misinformation. Here are some preferred terms available in the Let’s Stop HIV Together guide to talking about HIV. http://www.cdc.gov/actagainstaids/campaigns/starttalking/convo.html Personally I think that there is nothing wrong with saving ourselves until we get married, besides it is the most effective way to avoid the spread of HIV. However, if you choose to have sex then you must learn how to practice safe sex by wearing a latex condom each and every time.  ...

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4 Days, 5 Stories, 5 Latinas + Ford
Sep07

4 Days, 5 Stories, 5 Latinas + Ford

 Get ready to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month as WebCityGirls partners with The Ford Motor Company in a 4-day LIVE Social Reality adventure honoring our Hispanic Heritage in Music, Sports, Food and Culture. Considering the integral role that social media plays in our daily lives–it’s how we get the news, share with our friends, and interact with our favorite brands, celebrities and influencers—WebCityGirls joins forces with some of the most amusing and engaging Latina Influencers in Miami: Domi @domenicamena, Fernanda @cookandmove, Linda @ponderela, Miss Carnaval Miami, Lelany Barea and Lynn @webcitygirls. These five Latinas will honor Hispanic Heritage through stories and events related to Music, Food, Sports and Culture in real time on all major platforms.   Every adventure story will commence with a Facebook LIVE from inside the stunning 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum and will include interaction on Twitter, Instagram Stories, Facebook and Snapchat. Over the course of four consecutive September days, followers can expect real stories from five Latina influencers who are making a difference and are empowering online communities using the connecting, uniting power of social media. Tracking of #UnstoppableLATINAS and following WebCityGirls on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, will reveal dates and information about an awesome daily giveaway, kick-off party, and updates of special guest appearances in everyday stories.   WebCityGirls is especially grateful to Ford Motor Company who believed in the online community from the very beginning and has been part of our amazing ride and evolution in the digital space. We are also excited to share our GIVEAWAY Sponsors who jumped onboard to support our online community with amazing gifts: Neutrogena $250 GIFT, JCPenney $300 e-GIFT, Chevron $200 GIFT and Tonight Miami $250 GIFT.  ...

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Evita Distracciones, Todo Puede Esperar
Jul13

Evita Distracciones, Todo Puede Esperar

 Me uní a DiMe Media para traerles este mensaje de AT&T pero las opiniones son solo mías. Los automóviles son la invención de transportación que más nos facilita la libertad de ir donde queremos en cualquier momento. Pero también tenemos que entender que puede ser una máquina peligrosa, así que tenemos que manejar responsablemente y evitar distracciones. Manejar requiere nuestra atención centrada en el camino pues es esencial para evitar accidentes y poder reaccionar ligeramente si es necesario. El 83% de los hispanos admite que usan su celular mientras manejan, comparado con el 71% de los estadounidenses en general. Y el 68% de los hispanos textean mientras manejan. Por eso es que estoy emocionada de informarles que AT&T tiene una aplicación gratis en español para ayudarnos a mantenernos enfocados cuando estamos manejando. Admito que cuando estoy manejando y oigo el ruidito ese que me deja saber que me llegó un texto por teléfono me da por mirar el teléfono aunque sea solo para saber de quien es el mensaje. Pero solo esos segundos que me tomaría en mirar a ver quien es, me podrían costar la vida a mi y otras personas completamente inocentes de mi acción tan descuidada. Por esta razón decidí que cualquier texto puede esperar. Les cuento que desde que me comprometí a usar la nueva aplicación de AT&T DriveMode para iPhone y Android ya no tengo que pelearme conmigo misma y ese deseo de enviar mensajes de texto. La aplicación silencia los mensajes que recibo y automáticamente envía una respuesta avisándoles a mis familiares y amistades que estoy manejando. Por lo tanto les recomiendo amigos, que bajen esta aplicación es muy fácil y eficaz. Anoche salí a cenar con mi hijo y una amiga de él y cuando les informé sobre esta aplicación ellos los dos vieron esto http://espanol.att.com/PuedeEsperar/ y bajaron la aplicación a sus teléfonos inmediatamente. Como siempre he dicho nuestros hijos harán mímica de lo que hacemos nosotros. Entonces vamos a darle un buen ejemplo a ellos, después de todo queremos que ellos estén lo más protegidos posible. Comprometete a no textear y a manejar a la misma vez. Tu compromiso puede salvar vidas. Ese texto #PuedeEsperar....

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Lincoln Continental Delivers Quiet Luxury
Jan15

Lincoln Continental Delivers Quiet Luxury

 Lincoln Motor Company heralds the return of its flagship – the all-new Lincoln Continental – an elegant, effortlessly powerful, serene full-size sedan that delivers quiet luxury to the industry’s most discerning customers. Lincoln Motor Company introduces its elegant new flagship – the all-new Continental – coming this fall. Effortless power comes from new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces a projected 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque1; advanced safety technology is also featured. Serene interior offers the comfort of Lincoln’s innovative Perfect Position Seat, spaciousness, rear seat amenities, Revel® audio system and top-grade materials. “The Continental name has long been associated with the ultimate in Lincoln beauty and luxury,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln. “With the all-new model, we are focusing on creating more human, personally tailored experiences for our clients – providing what we call quiet luxury.” The full-size sedan is designed to appeal to culturally progressive clients who define luxury on their own terms – craving superior quality, craftsmanship and safety. The all-new Lincoln Continental will be produced at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. The Lincoln flagship goes on sale this fall....

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Good Job Mom
Nov05

Good Job Mom

  This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Minute Maid and DiMe Media, but all opinions are my own. I want to share a beautiful story, one that at the same time is painful. You see, I know a woman; we’ll call her Sandra. Ever since Sandra was a little girl she dreamt of having a large family. When she was in her 20’s she got married and had three adorable little girls. She was dedicated to her family and always spoke to her husband about her dream of giving her daughters the opportunity to have a better future by giving them an education. One day, to Sandra’s surprise, her husband told her he was leaving her and the girls to start a life with someone else. Sandra was devastated but thought that, no matter what, she was going to raise her daughters to be professional women. Because Sandra didn’t continue her education, she really wasn’t prepared to work anywhere, so she started getting jobs cleaning, cooking, taking care of other people’s children. Bbut she barely made enough money to feed her girls and have a place where they could live. Sandra tried unsuccessfully to advance in her country. So with much pain in her heart, she left her daughters with their aunt and parents while she traveled many miles away to find work. It’s been really hard for her, but she says that it’s all been worth it because two of her daughters are in college now and the youngest will start next year after she graduates from high school. She says the chains of poverty have been broken in her family. I am so proud of the dedication and sacrificial love that this mother has shown. And most of all the amazingly good relationship she has with all three girls. They speak every single day;, it’s like if they lived across town from one another. I have talked to her daughters and they have told me that they appreciate what their mother has done so much that they made a deal amongst each other to study hard so they can be successful and then be able to take care of their mom when she comes back home. Sandra has cried on my shoulder many times, telling me how she misses just kissing her daughters good night. Hugging them on their birthday and waiting for them when they come home from school. I know that she feels guilty sometimes because she is not with her daughters, but today I would like to tell her that she is #doingood, she is dong much better than she gives herself...

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